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FDA considering supporting drug therapies to help address teen vaping

By Chara The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering approving the use of drug therapies to help teens quit using e-cigarettes and other nicotine products. The use of e-cigarettes – or “vaping” – has increased by nearly 80 percent among high schoolers and by 50 percent among middle schoolers since 2017, according to the FDA. Additional data points …

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Junk food ads targeting minorities, study claims

By Chara Junk food commercials are targeting African American and Hispanic young people, according to a study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut. The study analyzed the advertising spending of 26 restaurants, and food and beverage companies. In addition, the researchers analyzed data for the 267 most advertised brands, including Hispanic- and …

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Help Pets Ward Off Winter Risks – Part2

  Skin-saving solutions: Many pets get dry skin during the winter season. When they do need a bath, try using a pet-friendly moisturizing shampoo to help keep their skin healthy and pH-balanced.   In addition, a pet emergency preparedness kit should be packed and contain the supplies needed to help keep your pet fed, warm and secure in the event of emergency …

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Understanding the internet: Activist shares insights about sexting

Sometimes, it can be difficult for teens and their parents to understand when it is safe for teens to use technology. To help address this concern, Dos Mundos is launching a series to help parents understand how their children are using technology and whether they are spending their time online responsibly or not. The series begins with Ana Baquedano, a …

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How to reduce depression by limiting social media usage

Commentary by Tere Siqueira After many observational and correlational scientific studies, a causal link between social media and depression has been established. A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania found that, when people use social media less often, they are less depressed and lonely. Although the authors state there is not enough research to set specific guidelines for social …

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Help Pets Ward Off Winter Risks -Part1

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Family Features) When temperatures drop, humans know to bundle up and avoid excess time outdoors. The same approach should be taken when it comes to pets. They may be covered by cozy fur coats, but not all of those coats are created equally. “Hypothermia is a real danger for pets in the wintertime, and despite …

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National cancer death rate is declining, study states

By Chara Fewer Americans are dying from cancer every year, according to a study published on Jan. 8 by the American Cancer Society. The study shows that the death rate has declined steadily over the past 25 years by a total of 27 percent. That translates to about 2.6 million fewer cancer deaths since reaching the peak of 215 deaths …

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How to stay safe during the winter

Commentary by Chara The cold weather, it appears, will be here for a few months. Unfortunately, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most Americans are not ready for wintertime, which can be hazardous. To make sure you are ready for winter, try the following tips: *Winterize your home: This includes installing insulation materials, so you can …

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Dra. Nancy Álvarez: Why does our partner’s behavior hurt us so much?

We were not programmed to have a successful relationship; nobody teaches us that. Who taught you to love? You learned to love through the romantic relationship between your mother and father. Would you like your romantic relationship to be like theirs? If they had problems, those are the same you are going to have in your own relationship because mom …

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How to resume a healthy lifestyle after the holidays

Commentary by Tere Siqueira  The holidays can be filled with temptation and indulgence, making us gain weight and leaving us with unhealthy eating habits. Some tips for the post-Christmas period to help you lose those extra pounds and get back to a healthy lifestyle include the following: *Do not feel disheartened: Instead, focus on getting back on track with a …

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